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There is a huge shortage of nurses in Singapore amid Corona epidemic, demand increases globally

Amid the growing demand for healthcare workers globally due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is such a shortage of nurses in Singapore’s hospitals and clinics that a private hospital group has hired 12-12 thousand personnel to help find and recruit experienced nurses. Singapore Dollar has been offered. According to the news published in the media on Thursday, the hospital has also offered to pay at least 3600 Singapore dollars to the personnel who helped in finding and recruiting the recently graduated nurses. The COVID-19 pandemic has further aggravated the problem of shortage of nurses.

“There is a huge demand for nurses everywhere,” an administrative official of a private hospital group told The Straits Times on condition of anonymity. They leave for better jobs, as they have little chance of getting permanent residency in Singapore. They have no future here.” For the first time in Singapore, the number of nurses decreased last year and this year the situation is even worse. Many healthcare workers have resigned due to the extreme pressure and working hours during the global pandemic, while some foreign nurses have moved home or elsewhere.

health workers left jobs due to pressure

Last year, for the first time in more than two decades, Singapore experienced a decline in the number of nurses working here. This year the situation is even worse. “Around 2000 health workers resigned in the first half of 2021, while the number of health workers who resigned before the pandemic was around 2000 annually,” Janil Puthucherry, senior minister of state for health, told parliament earlier this month. A large number of foreign health workers have also resigned. Some health workers have left their jobs due to the extreme stress and pressure of working hours during the pandemic.

Dr. Noel Yeo, Chief Operating Officer, IHH Healthcare Singapore, said, “Many of our foreign workers have moved to another country or returned home. The local workers who are left are exhausted due to excessive working hours and need rest.” IHH Healthcare Singapore covers four hospitals.

Corona cases cross two thousand in Singapore

For this reason, the hospital group had to offer to find more nurses and pay fees to the personnel who recruit them. The increase in the number of cases increases the demand for health services and personnel, and therefore, the resignation of workers makes it difficult. It usually takes about six months to train a new nurse, Keng said. Training for specific areas like ICU can take around nine months or more.

Meanwhile, 2079 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Singapore till Wednesday afternoon and six people are reported to have died of the infection. These include 40 cases of infection from the residence of migrant workers and nine cases of infection among people who arrived here from abroad. Since the beginning of the epidemic till Wednesday, there have been 2,57,510 cases of infection in Singapore and 678 people have died.

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